Live Video: The Barr Brothers at SXSW

photo by Britney Bollay

Earlier, we covered The Barr Brothers as they delivered an eye-opening set from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Store at SXSW 2012.  Based in Montreal, The Barr Brothers, consisting of members Andrew and Brad Barr (of The Slip), Sarah Page and Andres Vial, are a folk quartet known for their sometimes ambient, sometimes in-your-face blues numbers and unorthodox instrumentation, relying on oblique instruments like antique pedal organs, a full-sized harps, bike wheels, and fishing lines(!).  Their debut, self-titled LP was released last September;  in anticipation of the album release, they toured North America throughout the fall, stopped by KEXP and even appeared on Late Night on David Letterman.  Now, check out their full SXSW 2012 set, featuring “Beggar in the Morning,”  ”Gave the Devil Back His Heart,” “Cloud,” and a foot-stomping cover of Blind Willie Johnson’s “Lord, I Just Can’t Keep from Crying” here:

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